The 34-year-old victim claimed himself as Anthongradulet, a resident of Nasungpo, a district of the Philippine province of Batangas.
Anthongradulet said he was a member of the crew of the fishing boat Jerme that left Batangas on February 3 under the lead of captain Otoi.
|Vietnamese soldiers pull the capsized Filipino fishing boat to Sinh Ton Island, part of Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago.
At that time, the boat had 10 dinghies, nine of which carried five fishermen while the other had 10 people.
These dinghies were launched on the sea at 9 am on February 6, Anthongradulet said, adding that one of these vessels, which carried five people including him, was capsized later by violent waves.
Anthongradulet said he hold on to the overturned dinghy that finally drifted to the waters off Sinh Ton Island on February 8.
He added he knew nothing about the whereabouts of the remaining four fishermen.